When you think of Spain’s Costa Blanca, Villajoyosa might not be the first place that springs to mind – which makes it ideal for those wanting a quieter stay on the famously lively coast. Nestled between the bright lights of Benidorm and the palm-tree fringed boulevards of Alicante, this sleepy coastal town has all the picturesque beaches and none of the crowds of its neighbours. With a seafront this pretty, and an old town steeped in ancient history, Villajoyosa holidays make for an ideal Mediterranean experience.
Sunbathing takes place against a backdrop of colourful fishing cottages, while adventurous water sports enthusiasts can jump straight into coasteering, jet skiing and more. Villajoyosa literally translates as ‘joyful town’, and there’s certainly plenty of joy to be found on holidays to Villajoyosa, whether you’re strolling along the glittering coastline, seeking out the remains of Roman ruins or tucking into the chocolate this region is known for.
Indulge your sweet tooth
Did someone say chocolate? For an unusual tour that’s as delicious as it is interesting, make your way to the divinely scented Valor Chocolate Museum.
Take a day trip
Test your sea legs on one of the boat rides that regularly whisk visitors off to explore Spain’s natural wonders – a popular destination is the island of Tabarca. Inland, head to the ethereal caves of Canelobre.
Go to church
The gorgeous Iglesia Fortaleza de la Asunción is worth a visit, not only because this church has been given Asset of Cultural interest status, but also because it makes a perfect spot to take a break.